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NLC Set to Convene Meeting on Recent Minimum Wage

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is set to convene a meeting in preparation for the upcoming negotiations between the Federal Government and organized labor regarding the new minimum wage. The objective is to establish a living wage that aligns with the current cost of living.
This announcement comes amidst the NLC’s determination not to be deterred by the recent assault on workers and their leaders in Imo State. The NLC views this incident as a serious threat to freedom of association and collective bargaining, principles enshrined in both the 1999 Constitution and the ILO Conventions 87 and 98 on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining.
During the opening session of the NLC 2023 Harmattan School in Abuja on Monday, NLC President Joe Ajaero, represented by Deputy President Benjamin Anthony, emphasized the union’s unwavering resolve in the face of adversity. Ajaero condemned the assault in Imo State, calling for unequivocal condemnation by all people of goodwill.
He stressed the need for the Imo State Government to address labor issues, reinstate “ghost workers,” settle outstanding salaries and pensions, and bring back victimized workers to their jobs. Ajaero highlighted the challenging living conditions faced by workers, citing the removal of the subsidy on petroleum products as a contributing factor to inflation, inequality, and poverty.
Ajaero emphasized that recognizing the difficulty of life and living conditions is crucial for governments at all levels. He pointed out that a motivated and well-remunerated workforce positively impacts productivity and national development.
Encouraging participants in the training, Ajaero urged them to approach it with a thirst for knowledge, asking questions, and sharing experiences. He expressed gratitude to various attendees, including the representative of the Minister of Labour and Employment, the Country Director of the ILO for Speaking, West African Countries, the Director General of NECA, the Resident Representative of FES, and other NLC members for attending the opening session of the 2023 School.


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